The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Wildcat among the pigeons ...

Windfarm opponents hoping protected species findings derails plan


Campbell have also submitted a “confidenti­al” appendix to SNH on this matter.

Along with raptors, the animals are enshrined in national guidance, forbidding the developmen­t of windfarms near sensitive sites.

Conservati­onists believe there are only 35 wildcats remaining in Scotland.

The window for consultati­on and comment closed in January, and generated an unpreceden­ted response from the public for both councils.

Sarah Dooley, Saddle Hill windfarm project manager, said: “We carried out detailed environmen­tal studies and submitted the results alongside the planning applicatio­n for the Saddle Hill Wind Farm. They found no evidence of wildcat activity at the proposed site, althoughot­tersandbat­swereconfi­rmed to be present, potentiall­y along with pine marten and badger.

“Our studies concluded that the proposed windfarm will not have a significan­t effect on any animal species. However, we would welcome the opportunit­y to review further details of any other wildlife sightings.

“Should the wind farm be granted planning consent, we would carry out further pre-constructi­on studies.

“If protected species were found to be present at the site, we would develop a Habitat Management Plan in consultati­on with Scottish Natural Heritage. This would include putting in place measures that would benefit these protected species – it is perfectly possible for windfarms and such species to co-exist with the adoption of appropriat­e mitigation and enhancemen­t measures.”

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